Filling out my ffl and im not sure what my hours will be yet. But i have to list something. What should i list? This is a BM shop. But will be a while before up and running.
Whenever you know you'll be there for ATF compliance inspections.
Of course actual hours would be best but it's hard to say what that is going to be without an existing business. My understanding is that they want you to list at least some hours as it's hard to satisfy the condition that you are really in it as a for profit business if you aren't ever open.
Also they want the hours so they know when to expect you to be open and on-site if they decide to visit. Just think in terms of their typical work schedule, don't put normal office hours as your hours unless you actually expect to be there on a normal basis. if you list M-F as "by appointment" and 8-5 on Saturday I would think they would make an appointment for sometime M-F instead of showing up on Saturday. I would think a renewal would be a bit harder if they kept showing up during your listed hours only to find you closed.
Just list what time you think you will be there. I am pretty sure you can change them as needed.
You can change the hours, but will need to notify BATF of any changes.
Part of planning a business is figuring how much time you want to be there.
I'm at my shop 7-days a week and it's been that way since I opened. We get alot of business on Sundays because almost every other shop in the area is closed.
My store hours are Mon-Fri 11am to 7pm, Sat & Sun 9am to 5pm.
That may seem like a long week... but when you are working for yourself... it's different than punching a timeclock.
My typical day starts at 830-9am every day during the week and 8-830 on weekends. I like to be at the shop a few hours prior to opening so I don't miss the almost daily UPS deliveries... and to get any new guns in the books, tagged and on the shelf.
I'm usually at the shop another hour or two after closing to get caught up on things I couldn't do during business hours. Sometimes I get so busy I just pile the paperwork on my desk so I can sift through it once the doors are locked. It's too easy to make mistakes when customers are interrupting all day long.